Definition of forensic in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈrɛnsɪk/


1Relating to or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime: forensic evidence
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  • The club remained cordoned off for most of Saturday while a forensic crime scene investigation was carried out.
  • The government has also vetoed further investigation into other forensic techniques.
  • The latest scientific and forensic techniques are being applied to evidence in the case as part of a review.
2Relating to courts of law.
Example sentences
  • There was no significant forensic disadvantage to the appellant caused by delay.
  • There was no forensic advantage to the appellant by not having a warning in this case.
  • There is just no content to which one may attach to give any forensic effect to this sentence.


1Scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime.
Example sentences
  • The book detailed the advances in crime detection and forensics since the beginning of the century.
  • I mean, our show is essentially a crime show, where forensics enter into it and actually come to a conclusion about solving the case.
  • There, they learn about forensics and crime, and next week, they're going to hold a trial with judges and lawyers and everything.
1.1 (also forensic) [treated as singular or plural] informal A laboratory or department responsible for forensic tests.
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile back at the crime scene police forensics were checking out the body and other police officials were securing the area.
  • Gardaí confirmed that the scene was examined by forensics and samples were forwarded to the Garda Technical Bureau for examination.
  • He watched as his partner joked and laughed with the other detectives, then supervised as forensics gathered evidence.



Example sentences
  • It is the way in which this was forensically presented which enables us to say this is not a case where the complaint ever was, ‘I was being asked to do more than my contract could require me to do’.
  • The other, which in a sense it might be said was piggy-backing along on the back of that, was, it might be said, the forensically less appropriate objective of using a public court as a forum for making campaign points.
  • I do not want to take up any more of your Honour's time about that, and I think I have gone as far as I can go, forensically, to persuade your Honours away from any other view that you might have.


Mid 17th century: from Latin forensis 'in open court, public', from forum (see forum).

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